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World Food Day: Catfish, nuts prevent dementia, says old peoples’ carer

She explained that nuts were loaded with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy brain.

• October 16, 2021

A proprietor of a nursing home, Victoria Onu, has said that fatty fishes such as catfish, vegetables and nuts are good for the prevention of dementia.

Ms Onu, of the Grace Nursing Care Centre (GNCC), stated this in commemoration of World Food Day on Saturday.

She explained that nuts, such as peanuts, cashew nuts, walnuts, tiger nuts, and others, were loaded with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy brain.

“Nuts, generally, are loaded with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals that are needed to improve brain health and ward off signs of dementia.

“Once you clock 45, start consuming these nuts for your brain health benefit,” she counselled.

Ms Onu who is also the secretary-general of the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN) said that leafy vegetables were also helpful in preventing dementia. She advised people approaching old age to consume leafy greens or vegetables as they were essential in diet and nutrition.

According to her, they contain essential nutrients such as vitamin B, folate, Vitamin B9 and lots more that help the brain to fight against age-related problems.

“Leafy vegetables include cabbage, spinach, waterleaf, collard greens and others,” she said.

Similarly, she emphasised the imperatives of fatty fish in the nutritional struggle to overcome dementia as they contain a vital nutrient known as omega-three.

“This omega-three nutrients is very effective in fighting and preventing dementia and other brain conditions as a person grows older.

“Fishes that contain omega-three fatty acid include sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel and also catfish,” she said.

The World Food Day is celebrated annually on October 16 to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and to highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

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